Child Care Resources & Referrals

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This public service offers childcare referrals through our computerized database of registered family child care providers, licensed child care centers, after-school programs, and summer programs in Hudson County. Referral counselors will identify providers based on parents’ specific childcare needs. Technical assistance for providers and parent/consumer education are also available free of charge.

Choosing Quality Care: What You Need To Know Before You Choose A Provider

  • Start Early: Start looking as far in advance as you can because finding the right child care option can take some time.
  • Make a Call: Begin your search by calling your local experts-your child care resource and referral (CCR&R) center/agency. Call 1-800-332-9227 Childcare helpline of N.J. to find the local CCR&R in your county.
  • Visit & Ask Questions: Make sure to visit the child care option you are considering and look for these quality indicators: *Adult to child ratio      How many children are there for each adult? The younger your child, the more important it is to have fewer children per adult. Babies need an adult to child ratio of no more than 1:4 (one adult for four infants. Four year olds can do well with a ration of 1:10 (one adult for ten children).
  • Make a Choice: Think about what you saw at each site and make the best choice for your family.
  • Stay Involved: Consider yourself and your caregiver partners: schedule meetings, volunteer if needed, visit site and read a book aloud, join in for field trips, holidays, etc.

Quality Indicators

  • Adult to child ratio: How many children are there for each adult? The younger your child, the more important it is to have fewer children per adult. Babies need an adult to child ratio of no more than 1:4 (one adult for four infants. Four year olds can do well with a ration of 1:10 (one adult for ten children).
  • Group size: How many children are there in each group? The smaller the group the better
  • Caregiver qualifications: Ask about the caregivers’ training and education. Caregivers with degrees and/or special training in working with children will be better able to help your child learn.
  • Turnover: Find out how long caregivers have been at the center or providing care in their home. It is best if children stay with the same caregiver for at least one year.
  • Accreditation: Find out if the child care provider has been accredited by a national organization.. The National Association for the Education of the Young Children (NAEYC) and The National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) are the two largest organizations that accredit child care programs.

The Urban League of Hudson County does not license, endorse or recommend any specific provider. It is the responsibility of the parents/guardians to meet with all prospective providers in order to determine the child care arrangements that best suits their own needs.

Complaint Process
Your opinion is important to us. If you are not satisfied with the conditions you find in either a Child Care Center or a Registered Provider’s home, you may call Lois Carter at (201) 451-8888 ext 194 or parents can call the Office of Licensing directly at (877) 667-9845.

If you are not satisfied with the services received from this Child Care Resource & Referral Agency, you may call and ask to speak to the Resource & Referral Coordinator, Yvonne Garlin at (201) 451-8888 ext 145.

Confidentiality statement
All client and family information is kept confidential and is used strictly for referral purposes. This CCR&R does not share client information with any outside agencies. Clients may disclose U.S. census information if they so choose. (i.e. race, national origin, etc.)

Additional Resources

  • National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies A national advocate for child care accessibility.
  • Zero to Three During the first three years of life, emotionally nourishing relationships lay the foundation for lifelong health and well-being. By supporting the caring adults who touch the lives of infants and toddlers, we hope to maximize our long-term impact in ensuring all infants and toddlers have a bright future.
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children NAEYC is a professional association promoting high-quality early learning for all children, birth through age 8, by connecting practice, policy, and research. We advance a diverse, dynamic early childhood profession and support all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children.
  • New Jersey School Age Care Coalition The statewide network for New Jersey’s Afterschool Communities.
  • New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Family Development,(DHS/DFD) works in partnership with service providers and other state and municipal agencies throughout the state to ensure and help families’ access quality programs and services that meet their needs. You can find many of the programs on the DHS website If you are deaf or hard of hearing, please call TTY 1-877-294-4356 to access any hotline: (voice callers use 7-1-1 NJ Relay)
  • Child Care Aware NJ CCANJ promotes a universally accessible, affordable & high quality system of early care & education that is responsive to parental choice. We believe that all children deserve access to high quality, affordable child care. We recognize that families need support in understanding and accessing the child care options in their community and we represent those agencies that help them do so.
  • NJ or just dial 2-1-1 is a convenient way to assist individual’s access information or self-screen for many of programs supported by DHS/DFD. It will prompt you to answer a few questions about your household, income and other expenses which will then identify other programs for which you may qualify.
  • Coalition of Infant/Toddlers Educators (CITE) promotes quality infant and toddler care and education by building collaborations, providing professional development opportunities, support and resources, and by influencing public policy.
  • How to Start a Child Care Business
  • Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children WIC is a public health nutrition program that provides wholesome food, nutrition education and community support for income eligible women who are pregnant and post-partum, infants and children up to five years old.
  • NJ SNAP  1-800-687-9512 New Jersey’s supplemental nutritional assistance program that can help low-income families buy the groceries they need to eat healthy. Click here to apply online.
  • NJ Family Care 1-800-701-0710 (TTY: 1-800-701-0720) New Jersey’s publicly funded health insurance program – includes CHIP, Medicaid and Medicaid expansion populations. That means qualified NJ residents of any age may be eligible for free or low cost health insurance that covers doctor visits, prescriptions, vision, dental care, mental health and substance use services and even hospitalization.
  • Hudson County Community Program Directory  represents an ongoing commitment by DCF to increase access to resources that are designed to strengthen families and prevent child abuse or neglect. The services identified in this Directory are funded by DCF’s Family and Community Partnerships, a grant-making and best practices team committed to strengthening New Jersey’s families.
  • NJ Parent Link The focus of NJ Parent Link is to meet the information and resource needs of expectant parents, families with young children (newborns to children entering kindergarten) and professional stakeholders vested in the health and well-being of New Jersey’s children and families. Parenting and support resources for families with older children, school aged to young adulthood, are also available.
  • NJ Hotlines & Helplines
  • Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) 1-800-510-3102  The Home Energy Assistance Program helps very low-income residents with their heating and cooling bills, and makes provisions for emergency heating system services and emergency fuel assistance within the Home Energy Assistance Program.
  • NJ Childcare Subsidy Website 
  • Download Application and Instructions for Child Care Subsidy
  • Licensed Child Care Center Explorer  Licensed child care center inspection reports.
  • Child Care Help Line 1-800-332-9227 Connects families to the local Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) agencies to help families determine if they are eligible for New Jersey’s Subsidy Program, find and locate quality child care services and other child care options.
  • Child Support Hotline 1-877-NJ KIDS1 (1-877-655-4371) or Any individual can apply for all the available child support services.
  • Department of Education Pre-K Programs The focus of the Division of Early Childhood Education (DECE) is to enhance social, emotional, physical, and academic development of New Jersey’s children — preschool through third grade — by providing leadership, resources, and professional development in support of high-quality early childhood programs within a comprehensive, collaborative program.
  • Early Intervention Services for infants and toddlers, birth to age three, with developmental delays or disabilities, and their families. 1-888-653-4463
  • Early Intervention Services Assist families of preschoolers ages 3 through 5 concerned about their child’s development.1-800-322-8174
  • Family Partners of Hudson County (support for families of children with complex emotional, mental health or behavioral challenges).
  • Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) 
    Infants and toddlers with disabilities (birth-2) and their families can receive early intervention services under IDEA Part C. Children and youth (ages 3-21) can receive special education and related services under IDEA Part B.
  • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) A federal and state tax credit benefit for individuals and families who earn low-to moderate incomes in NJ.
  • Family Help Line 1-800-THE KIDS (1-800-843-5437) 24 hours a day – 7 days a week If you’re feeling stressed out, call the Family Help Line and work through your frustrations before a crisis occurs. You’ll speak to sensitive, trained volunteers of Parents Anonymous who provide empathic listening about parenting and refer you to resources in your community.
  • Head Start The Office of Head Start (OHS) promotes the school readiness of young children from low-income families through local programs. Head Start and Early Head Start programs support the mental, social, and emotional development of children from birth to age 5. Use the link above to locate Head Start near you.
  • Home Visitation Services 609-888-7400 Home Visitation provides helpful information and support to pregnant woman, new mothers or fathers, or other caregivers in the comfort and privacy of their home to ensure that babies and young children grow up healthy, happy and safe.
  • Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN) 1-800-654-SPAN SPAN is an independent organization committed to empowering families as advocates and partners in improving education, health, and mental health outcomes for infants, toddlers, children and youth.
  • Social Service for the Homeless (SSH) Provides assistance to New Jersey residents who are at risk of homelessness, but are ineligible for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families welfare, General Assistance welfare or Supplemental Security Income

Request Referrals in Your Area

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Please call Yvonne Garlin at (201) 451-8888 ext. 145 or